Surely, you don’t need to read more about how the holidays are different this year, or how many of us have less padding in our proverbial wallets, so we’ll get right to it: We rounded up 18 original gift ideas for keeping spirits high when budgets are low. Each item in this gift guide is under $100—most are comfortably so—hopefully making budget friendly shopping a little bit easier. Our opinion? The best gifts are thoughtful gifts, so please enjoy these mindfully designed holiday gifts for under $100.
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Known for its superfood beauty and wellness products, Golde launched a rechargeable electric whisk for making incredibly fluffy lattes with ease just in time for the holidays. Pair with one of their in-house blends like Matcha Turmeric and you’ve got a perfect gift for a caffeine-loving friend for less than $50.
Vintage-Inspired Food Ornaments
You know exactly who in your life needs a butter ornament this year. And if your crowd leans more vegan, these Cody Foster–designed cuties are also available in avocado or pickle forms.
Lion’s Mane Grow KitIf
2020 was the year of sourdough baking, let 2021 be the year your loved one discovers the joy of growing their own mushrooms. Sure, you could gift the foodie in your life another slow cooker or instant pot this holiday season, but why not get creative?
The Because BEWBS Pillow
Inspired by her mother’s battle with breast cancer, designer Meesha Farzaneh created these fluffy pillows to celebrate her mom and encourage much needed feelings of safety and coziness. Three percent of the pillow sales will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in Frisco, Texas.
Ready to Mingle (Single Plant)
We’re strong believers in the abilities of plants to both clear the air and put a smile on your loved one’s face. If succulents are their style, try gifting a sweet plant with a personalized message and specialized instructions (you don’t want them to kill their gift, after all).
Love Birds Grenache Rose 2019
Something else we strongly believe in? Wine. A great gift for anyone who has it all or has very little—all they need is (maybe) a corkscrew, perhaps a glass—no judgments here. Kingston Wine Co. is based in upstate New York but ships widely, though the wine shop recommends ordering by December 14 for delivery by Christmas Day.
Dobby Chambray Napkin
These gorgeous California-made napkins are trimmed with just the right amount of vibrant color, and the denim fabric is meant to get softer with every wash. Who doesn’t want to give something that gets better with age?
Coral Colorblocked Mug
Bring a little holiday cheer to their morning routine with a happy hue and retro silhouette. Whether they’re a coffee lover, a tea fiend, or just a big fan of H2O, everyone loves a well made mug.
Everybody Tissue Box
Everybody sneezes, but not everybody has a kaleidoscopic tissue box cover that makes doing so a little more fun.
For someone who appreciates a colorful kitchen, these cutting blocks by Fredericks and Mae are a brilliant and functional surprise, made from excess material.
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